Oct 21, 2013
There is nothing better, nothing more satisfying for a physician than to see a patient succeed. And when it happens over and over again, it is just so fulfilling. When a young lady who looked awful a few months ago comes into our clinic looking like a model, full of energy, vitality and health, there cannot be a better feeling for a doctor.
So when I see our type of detox method questioned in print because of some other physician doing a poor job or doing something he should not have been doing at all, it bothers me. Dr. Sunjay Gupta, the one who apparently knows it all, put it on his medical news channel, that because of several poor outcomes in a clinic in NY, rapid detox under anesthesia is just too dangerous. Why doesn't the press come and see what we do on weekly basis in our clinic, safely and effectively for hundreds and hundreds of patients, but brings to everyone’s attention someone’s failure?
The fact is that the failures do exist. Medicine, even good medicine is fraught with failure. Patients die, even in the best of circumstances and the best of hospitals. Even the best physicians sometimes fail to stop the inevitable. Medicine is a very risky business. And the medicine of rapid detox that only few doctors know how to do seems to be riskier yet. But with all the hype, we are still talking a few deaths, however tragic and possibly avoidable.
According to CDC, 17,000 people die each year from opiate overdoses; more than quadruple the number of a decade ago. Almost one-third of prescription painkiller overdose deaths involve methadone. Six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 than a decade before and methadone is supposed to be the “addiction treatment of choice” . Suboxone has also been involved in numerous overdose deaths.
In medicine, everything should be a balance of risk and benefit. Before undertaking any medical procedure risk and benefit ratio must be carefully examined and assessed. Questions must be asked such as:
Is the procedure necessary?
Is the patient healthy enough to undergo the procedure?
Is patient medically optimized and prepared for the procedure?
Is the doctor knowledgeable and experienced in this particular procedure?
How many has s/he done?
What is the doctor’s success rate?
If after thorough examination everyone is satisfied that the benefits outweigh the risk (even though the risk is never zero), the procedure can go on in as safe a manner as possible. That is what we strive for in our clinic, MDS Rapid Detox. The safety and successful outcome of each of our patients are our top priorities.
So when the press judges rapid drug detox “dangerous” based on someone else’s lack of knowledge, experience and ethics it really does a disservice to all those who can be helped and potentially saved by what we believe is a life changing and transformative treatment method. All we ask is that you talk to our patients and see our clinic for yourselves.